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Cop killer's gangsta rap lyrics used against him in N.Y. court

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5 ex-guards acquitted in alleged beating

Dec. 12 “Jesus!” a grateful Kim Jones said when a jury foreman repeated the words “not guilty” yesterday in a federal courtroom.Jones, a city prison guard, was reacting to a jury's decision to acquit five of her former colleagues after a five-day trial. The former guards had been charged by the feds with beating an […]

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Nau-case witness: Revenge a motive

Fueled by PCP and cocaine, overwhelmed by anger and haunted by gruesome memories, 17-year-old Domenic Curcio shot to death his drug dealer to avenge the murder of a prostitute, Curcio's friend testified yesterday. “He said he couldn't bear or stand listening to George [Conway] anymore and knowing what he knew, that George had killed Mikalena […]

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Rapper guilty of lesser charge

Rap star Cassidy was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter yesterday for his role in a full-scale gun battle last April that killed one man and wounded two others in West Oak Lane. The 23-year-old rapper, whose real name is Barry Reese, was sentenced to 11 1/2 to 23 months in prison immediately after Common Pleas […]

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A low-key lawyer becomes the go-to guy for star rappers

High-profile Philadelphia defense attorney Fortunato Perri Jr. is low-key and universally liked – until he’s in the midst of his courtroom specialty: cross-examination. His skills in that arena have won him both victories and clients, including rapper Beanie Sigel, who rejected national-name lawyers and stuck with a neighborhood guy who grew up in the city’s […]

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Beanie Sigel's Lawyer: Murder Of Rapper's Stepfather Unrelated To Acquittal

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Sigel acquitted of attempted murder

Rap star Beanie Sigel was swept up by embraces, kisses and applause from family and friends yesterday, minutes after a jury announced that he was not guilty of attempted murder in connection with a 2003 West Philadelphia shooting. "I'm just thankful for a fair jury," Sigel told reporters after hugging dozens of family members and […]

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Rapper's trial turns in his favor

Did the eyewitness against rapper Beanie Sigel finally come clean, or simply cave in to fear? Defense attorney Fortunato “Fred” Perri yesterday spun the testimony to favor Sigel, whose real name is Dwight Grant. To Perri, David Aimes' statements led the case to, “unravel right before your eyes.””Quite frankly, yesterday, after hours of testifying one […]

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Witness wavers in trial against Sigel

A witness who gave detailed testimony last year that he saw rapper Beanie Sigel repeatedly shoot and critically injure a man in 2003 backpedaled on the witness stand yesterday, mumbling and repeatedly saying he could not remember some details. Sigel, 31, is accused of shooting Terrence Speller near 52d Street and Larchwood Avenue in West […]

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'03 victim testifies Sigel shot him

In a quiet voice, Terrence Speller, 28, testified yesterday that rap star Beanie Sigel was the gunman who critically wounded him in 2003. Speller told jurors that he was walking with a friend near 52d Street and Larchwood Avenue in West Philadelphia when he exchanged words with a woman Sigel had been dating.Then Sigel drove […]

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